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Michael Chen left his position as Harrah's Asia operations president and started a yearlong sabbatical last Friday.
"I was offered a position in Las Vegas at Harrah's which is great but I need some time off and they agreed to it," Chen told Macau Business newsletter at a conference in Singapore.
Chen was responsible for developing of Harrah's business in Asia.
But the company hasn't been successful in gaining a foothold in Asia.
Harrah's lost out on a bid for one of two Singapore casinos in 2006. Harrah's spent $577.7 million in 2007 to buy a 175-acre golf course in Macau near the Cotai Strip. The company hoped to place a Caesars-branded casino on the site but Macau decided not to grant any more gaming concessions.
Prior to his position in Asia, Chen was a corporate director and executive associate to Harrah's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Loveman.
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